Rehabilitation & Injury Prevention

Brian Noehren, PT, PhD, FACSM
Biomechanics and Gait Testing of ONYX Exoskeleton
Henry M Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Incorporated  
The overall objective of this project is to quantify the impacts of prolonged use of exoskeleton on the biomechanics of the lower extremity and lower back. This knowledge will help inform the safe and effective use of wearable exoskeleton devices.                                                                             
Project Period: 11/2021 to 04/2022
Total Value: $122,348

Nicholas Heebner, PhD, ATC
Optimizing Musculoskeletal Health Outcomes through High Resolution Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography (HR-pQCT)
Office of Naval Research
The objective of this project is to acquire a high resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT) machine. This imaging technology will allow our research team to investigate how musculoskeletal injuries affect bone health and test our novel interventions to retard this negative sequalae.  
Project Period: 10/2021 to 09/2022
Total Value: $430,000                                                                                                                                    

Matt Hoch, PhD, ATC
Musculoskeletal Health Considerations to Improve Resiliency and Lethality in Female Marines
Office of Naval Research
This project integrates field deployable technology to assess physical performance characteristics which will be analyzed through machine learning techniques to provide new insights into potential risk factors for injury. The hypothesis is that male and female Marines exhibit different injury patterns, healthcare utilization patterns, contributing factors to musculoskeletal injury, and threats to resiliency following injury      
Project Period: 08/2021 to 08/2024
Total Value: $4,016,764                                                                                                                                 

Brian Noehren, PT, PhD, FACSM
Accelerating recovery following a lower extremity fracture through speed HIIT
U.S. Department of Defense
This objective of this three-year study is to test a speed walking intervention originally used to treat patients with a neurological condition combined with high intensity interval training.
Project Period: 08/2021 to 07/2024
Total Value: $1,430,476

Brian Noehren, PT, PhD, FACSM, and Chris Fry, PhD
Sex-based muscular adaptations, capillary dysfunction and functional decline impact knee-related psychosocial outcomes after acute knee injury (SMACK)
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
This study will define the muscle molecular and cellular sex-based differences underlying poor functional recovery, the recovery of muscle function and gait mechanics, as well as determine if biological and functional differences between males and females predict the worse psychosocial response observed in females after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
Project Period: 08/2021 to 05/2026
Total Value: $3,211,654

Johanna Hoch, PhD, ATC
The Influence of Resilience and Grit on Post-Operative Outcomes after ACL Reconstruction
Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association
This longitudinal cohort study examines psychological factors associated with optimal physical activity, patient-reported, and clinician-based outcomes in patients after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
Project Period: 04/2021 to 04/2023
Total Value: $4,991

Brian Noehren, PhD, PT, FACSM and Cale Jacobs, PhD (College of Medicine) 
Altering Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis After Patellar Dislocation
Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
The purpose of this innovative randomized clinical trial is to determine if knee aspiration and saline injection or blood flow restriction training (BFRT), either individually or combined, will improve outcomes after patellar dislocation.
Project Period: 07/01/2020 to 06/30/2024
Total Value: $2,889,181

Kyle Kosik, PhD, ATC
Physical Rehabilitation Through Telehealth for an Ankle Sprain: A Randomized Controlled Trial
NATA Research & Education Foundation
The purpose of this randomized controlled trial is to illustrate the value of immediate follow-up via telehealth by an athletic trainer for initial care for an ankle sprain.
Project Period: 06/15/2020 to 06/30/2023
Total Value: $55,921

Matt Hoch, PhD, ATC 
Optimizing Clinical Outcomes for Patients with Chronic Ankle Instability Using Foot Intensive Rehabilitation (FIRE)
Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
The purpose of this randomized controlled trial is to demonstrate that a novel Foot Intensive Rehabilitation (FIRE) protocol will create more effective clinical outcomes compared to standard of care rehabilitation for patients with chronic ankle instability.
Project Period: 09/15/2020 to 09/14/2024
Total Value: $2.5M

Tim Uhl, PhD, ATC, PT, FNATA
SCH: INT: Collaborative Research: "RehabBuddy" Extending Individualized Physical Rehabilitation beyond the Clinic Using Wearable Technology to Empower Patients
National Science Foundation
The goal of this project is to assist patients to become more confident and self-reliant by providing them with a wearable technology system that can document performance of any exercise regardless of the level of rehabilitation.
Project Period: 07/01/2019 to 06/30/2022
Total Award: $50,008

Nicholas Heebner, PhD, ATC
Marines SpeCial Operations PrEparedness (M-SCOPE)
The overall purpose of this project is to develop and deliver a specific operational preparedness ranking system for the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC).
U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research
Project Period: 06/07/2018 to 06/30/2022
Total Award: $4,001,621

Phillip Gribble, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Addressing Neuromuscular Deficits for Improved Outcomes in Ankle Sprain Rehabilitation
U.S. Department of Defense, Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
This project compares a novel sensorimotor rehabilitation protocol for lateral ankle sprain against a standard of care protocol to determine if it is more successful at producing successful one-year outcomes and lower rates of re-injury and improved health.
Project Period: 03/05/2018 to 03/14/2022
Total Award: $2,494,695

Brian Noehren, PT, PhD, FACSM
Mechanistic Assessment of Blood Flow Restricted Training for an ACL Injury
National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases
This project will mechanistically test the ability of blood flow restricted training to improve the underlying morphologic and cellular maladaptations within muscle, and improve knee mechanics and strength following an ACL reconstruction compared to usual care.
Project Period: 07/22/2017 to 06/30/2022
Total Award: $2,786,621